Every food forest owner who creates an account on foodfromtheforest.nl says yes to sharing his or her food forest data with an Open Data source that can be consulted by any researcher. We promise, and you can verify that yourself, that this data cannot be traced back to you as the owner more deeply than to the province and soil type level. This data is shared dynamically. So, as soon as you have entered something, the data stream that fooduithetbos.nl shares via the links above will be publicly adjusted.
Within the tool you can choose to share your ecological data with the other owners. We recommend that you do that, because it is very educational to see how other food forests of about the age of yours and the same soil type do and you only get to see them if you share it yourself.
You can also share your economical data with others on the platform. We ask explicitly for your permission at the end of each test.
You can always stop participating. All your data will then, if you wish, be removed from the tool and participants will no longer see your information. The live data stream is also being adjusted, but please note that data that has already been used by a scientist is no longer in our hands.
First of all: do it for yourself. Learn to look in a different way at your land. Learn from the results of other food forests and, keep track of the progresso of the many revenues from your food forest.
Second, do it to help science. There is no other research that we know of where all food forest owners together are creating long term scientific data. The data is not very detailed, but, their collection is so simple that the results will be quite uniform and therefore very valuable. Wageningen University already thanks you a lot for participating.